May 13, 2008

3:00 p.m.


City Council Conference Room A

Suite 425, City Hall

117 W. Duval Street



Attendance: Council President Davis, Council Members Clark, Shad, Redman, W. Jones, Gaffney, Holt, Yarborough, Corrigan, Bishop, Joost, Johnson and Graham


Also: Peggy Sidman, Dylan Reingold and Shannon Eller – Office of General Counsel; Kirk Sherman and Janice Billy – Council Auditor’s Office; Dana Farris and Carol Owens – Legislative Services Division; Lisa Rinaman and Sherry Hall – Mayor’s Office; Lin White and Bob Williams – Dept. of Public Works; Paul Crawford – JEDC; Robert Phillips – Supervisor of Elections’ Office; Dianne Smith, Debbie Delgado, Suzanne Warren, Celeste Hicks, Alison Miller, Scott Wilson, Angela Ryan, Rupal Wells and Susie Loving – ECAs; Annette Hastings – Tourist Development Council; Rachel Welsh – Staff Services;  Jessica Deal – Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce; Kevin Meerschaert – WJCT; Paul Harden, T.R. Hainline, Ginny Myrick


The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Council President Davis.


Council Member W. Jones gave the Rules Committee report.


Council Member Shad gave the Finance Committee report.  He noted that 2007-183 (amendment to General Employees Pension Plan board membership) is being requested for withdrawal at the request of the administration.  Council Member Warren Jones stated that he will be proposing a floor amendment to 2008-288 (Fidelity National Financial QTI incentive) regarding company hiring efforts.  Peggy Sidman stated that another amendment was needed to attach the economic development agreement document.


Assistant Council Auditor Janice Billy reported that the PHS committee items were covered by the two previous reports.


Council Member Clark gave the TEU Committee report. 


Council Member Graham reported that all RCD Committee items were covered by the previous reports.


Council Member Corrigan gave the LUZ Committee report, noting that there had been a lengthy debate in committee on bills 2008-242 and 2008-243 – the Alta Lake rezoning and land use amendment.  Council Member Graham reminded the council members to fill out their ex parte contact declarations.


Council Member Fussell noted that Mario Taylor, Deputy Director of the Northeast Florida Regional Council, was present to answer any questions that members may have regarding the Regional Council’s proposed bond issue authorization ordinance (2008-375).


Council Member Gaffney requested approval to add a Memorial Day resolution to the addendum, which was approved.  He also asked for the Council to take emergency action on a resolution (2008-356) recognizing Andrew Jackson High School’s 80th anniversary, which was approved.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:10 p.m.






Jeff Clements, Chief

Council Research Division